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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 1928,
The girl went into the house and
Simon Judd looked after her. When
he saw she was gone he drew closer
"Now that you and me are in ca
hoots on this business, partner," he
she says she Is."
(Continued next week.)
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"What's troubling you little boy?"
"Ma's gone and drowned all the
"Dear me! That's too bad."
"Yep, she boo-hoo promised me
I could do it."
said, "we want to start off clean and
clear and no favors. What I know
you want to know. If not nothin's
no good. And there's somethm'
wrong here right at the start"
"It being ?" Brennan asked.
"The girl. Amy, here," Simon
Judd whispered. "She ain't what
Paris has 'installed illuminated
curbstones in order to cut down
Maine has the largest road mile
age of the New England states, to
WHAT KAPPESXD BEFOKB
Simon Judd, amateur detective, and
William Dart, an undertaker, are visit
Ing John Dr&ne, eccentric man of
wealth, at the Drane place. Suddenly
the household is shocked to And that
John Drane has been murdered. The
dead man is first seen by Josie. the
maid, then by Amy Drane and Simon
Judd. The latter faints.
Police officers call and investigations
begin. Dr. Blessington is called, and
alter seeing the murdered John Drane,
makes the astounding revelation to Amy
that her "uncle" is not a man but a
Dr. Blessington discounts the theory
of suicide, saying that Drane was defi
nitely murdered. Dr. Blessington com
ments on the fact that all the servants
In the household of Drane are sick, and
that Drane has never discharged a ser
vant for ill health. Dick Brennan, the
detective, arrived to investigate the
Brennan questions the persons in the
house, asking Amy if anyone had any
reason to kill her "uncle."
Amy says no one had any reason to
kill her uncle. After further question
ing, she is asked about Dart. Meanwhile
Judd has told the story of his acquaint
ance with the actual John Drane in
NOW OO ON WITH THE STOBY
"No, nothing. He was uncle John's
friend a long while long before I
came here," Amy said. "They have
played cards together many eve
nings." "Never quarreled?"
"You've not noticed anything
queer about the servants?" Bren
nan asked after a moment
"Do you mean that they were
sickly?" Amy asked.
"Yes; I think they are all sickly.
I don't know why uncle John had
such sikly servants, unless he was
so kind hearted. Dr. Blessington
is here nearly every day for one
or another of them, some one of
them is always in bed. It makes
it very hard for Mrs. Vincent, the
housekeeper, but I'm afraid she's
the sickest of any."
"But aside from that you've not
noticed anything queer in them.
Anything you might call craziness,
"Oh, no; never anything like
that," Amy said.
"You don't know of any enemies
your uncle had?"
"No; he never spoke of any."
"He had business in New York,
hadn't he? Had an office there?"
"Yes," Amy said, and told him
the address, which Brennan jotted
down in his notebook. "He was
a speculator, I think. He would
wait and buy a great lot of some
one kind of stocks and then they
would go up and he would sell. I
think be always made a great deal
of money that way. I don't really
know much about that They can
tell you more at his office. His man
ager there is Rufus Lodermann. He
Is quite an old man and he has been
with uncle for a long while, I think."
Brennan jotted down this name
in his notebook.
"Who else is there? You don't
know? No-matter I can look that
up," the detective said, putting his
book in his pocket again. "And
I think that is all I have to ask
you now, Miss Drane, unless you
can tell me something about the
servants who they are and where
they came from."
"I think Mrs. Vincent the house
keeper, can tell you more about
that" Amy said. "I've not really
paid much attention to that; I've
always felt' I wasn't wanted to in
terfere. Mrs. Vincent had been here
quite a while when I came, and
uncle was old and liked to have
things as they were. He didn't
seem to want to have me do any
thing but enjoy myself."
"But you were always ready to
do your share if anything turned
up," said Brennan smiling. "I can
see that Miss Drane."
"Of course," Amy said. "It wasn't
that I didn't want to."
"Mr. Drane just did not seem to
want you to bother with the ser
vants and the household affairs and
so on; that was it wasn't it?"
"Yes; he never said much but
that was what I felt" she replied.
"I'm trying not to be unpleasant
asking so many questions," Bren
nan said, "but this whole thing is
queerish, as you understand John
Drane being a woman and being
murdered this way and I have to
get Into my head the best picture
of .the household as it was, the
best picture I can. How was your
uncle about money?"
Amy wrinkled her brow, trying
to get the meaning of the question.
"Do you mean with me?" she
asked. "He paid me an allowance,
always on the first of the month.
It was fifty dollar while I was at
school, but when I came here he
gave me a hundred dollars a month.
I haven't used nearly all of it I
asked him what I should do with
the rest and he told me I could put
it in a savings bank, and I did. The
house expenses he settled with Mrs.
Vincent once a month, I think.
He seemed particular about them."
"He was a woman," suggested
Brennan, "and household bills were
in his line, possibly. Did he keep
' much money in the house? Had
he a safe here? Did he bring secur
ities home, do you know?"
. "No, nothing like that He used
checks almost always."
"No Jewelry to amount to any
thing?" "He never wore Jewelry at all;
not even a ring."
"There was a scarf pin," Bren
nan reminded ber.
"Yes; that was all the Jewelry he
had," Amy said.
"I thought perhaps, as he was
a woman," Brennan explained, "he
might have a woman's usual liking
for jewels. Suppose we see Mrs. Vin
cent" Bob Carter volunteered to find
Mrs. Vincent and while he was on
his way Brennan lighted a cigar
ette. He leaned forward with his
elbows on his knees and looked out
over the lawn.
"You come purty near bein' a
first class detective, don't you?"
Simon Judd asked, hitching for
ward in his chair he filled to over
flowing. "I'm not the worst in the world,"
Brennan said. "There are better.
We've some fine men over in New
York. Our men are a lot better
than we're given credit for being.
We have lots of crimes and we
don't get every crook, but it's a
bad mess over there. I do well
enough. It's not as bad here as
it is in Manhattan."
"That's so; that's likely," Simon
Judd agreed. "And we ain't got it
near as bad out to Riverbank. If
you was out there you wouldn't
have much trouble at all, I reckon."
'There are tough problems every
where," Brennan said. "Any place
may turn out a hard problem at any
"That's how I think about it"
Simon Judd said. "That's why I
kept pesterin' them out there until
they said they'd make me chief of
police. 'Black my cats!' I says to
them; 'The' ain't no tellin' when
you're goin' to need fust class de
tective ability.' I guess," he chuckl
ed, "they don't think overly much
of me at that! Think I'm some sort
of fat old fool, mostly. And I don't
know but what I am. The' ain't no
fool like an old fool, is the'? What
you think ? Am I a fool to go takin'
up detective as a life work when
I'm along past seventy years old?"
Til reserve my opinion on that,
Mr. Judd," Brennan smiled. "I can't
remember any man who took up
investigative work at that age, but
I've known some men who took up
crime as old as that and did quite
well at it"
"A detective has to be slicker
than a criminal, that's the pest of
it" Simon Judd said. "And it's so
blame hard for them folks to take
a fat man serious out there to home.
Especially a man that's mostly
clung to jobs where he could sleep
most of the time, like livery-stablin'.
I clung to livery-stablin' as long as
I could, and that's a fact, but these
here automobiles has given the bus
iness a black eye, and if a man
goes into the garage business he's
got to be lively and wide awake all
the time. Now, a detective in a
'town like Riverbank, Iowa "
"Can sleep most of the time,"
"That's the idee!" Simon Judd
chuckled. "Particular if he's not
on the force. If he's just a police
man he's got to be out and around,
but if he's chief of police and de
tective he's got to spend quite a
lot of time in meditation sittin'
in his office in a chair tipped back
against the wall with his eyes clos
ed. Looked like a good job to me,
so I got shut of my livery stable and
pestered the life out of 'em until I!
got the job, startin' January first
"Good job," smiled Brennan.
"Yes, or I wouldn't have wanted
it," said Simon Judd. "But the main
thing when a man hammers down
a job like that is to be able to hang
onto it, and that's why I figgered
I'd come East here and learn the
detective business from A to Z. I
says to myself 'If I can get them
slick New York detectives to let me
help hunt up some murderer or
something, I'll learn a lot, and when
I come back and catch a couple of
crooks right here in Riverbank the
folks ain't never goin' to let nobody
throw me out'."
"Brennan looked up at the old
man's face suddenly, but all he saw
was good nature and smiling cheer
fulness. "This murder occurred very op
portunely," Brennan said.
"That's what I was goin' to say,"
Simon Judd replied. "Just like it
couldn't have been handier. So that
fetches me to what I'm goin' to say
what'd you say if I was to go
sort of partners with you and the
two of us together hunt out who
done this crime?"
"We're always glad to have any
assistance we can from any source
whatever," Brennan told Judd.
"Yes, I reckon," said the fat man.
"Only that ain't my idee. I want
you should say we'll work at this
case together, so s I can get the
inside of how you fellers go at it.
What say to it?"
Once more Brennan looked Simon
Judd in the face. What he sought
was the eye of an insane man the
eye of a man who might have come
to this house and murdered John
Drane to make a case worth solving.
Or, perhaps, the eye of a man who
had held a grudge against John
Drane and had cmoe here to satisfy
it. What he saw, if he could judge,
was the keen eye of a man who was
not such a fool as he looked, the
keen laughing eye of a man who,
possibly, was laughing at the detec
tive good naturedly while laughing
at himself. "This," Brennan said
to himself, "is a man who is laugh
ing at me because he knows some
thing I don t know!
"I wont' be more trouble to you
than need be," Simon Judd said.
"Only thing is it would be quite an
experience to me to work hand in
arm, so to say, with a real detective
like you are."
"I think we can manage it" Bren
"Black my cats, that's fine!" Si
mon Judd exclaimed. "Amy, that
fixes that fine! I'm goin' to pitch
right in and work at this thing un
til we get it all cleaned up and the
murderous person put right where
he ought to be. Fine! Now, first
off, girl, you go up to my room and,
if them officers has got through
rummagin' in my baggage, fetch
me down a note book I've got in
my valise up there. It's a blank
one, Amy, without anything wrote
in it yet. I ddin t know whether
real detectives used note books or
not but I see Brennan does, and I
want to do this thing right It's
right down in the bottom of the
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